You are on page 1of 2


IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Colleen DeFruscio Communications Manager 302-798-6632, extension 747 Archmere to Host Concert and David Farber Book Signing: Sunday, May 5 (Claymont, DE) April 23, 2013: On Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., join us for an afternoon of culture at The Patio at Archmere Academy. A performance of award-winning vocal and instrumental student musicians of Archmere Academy will round out the 2013 Green Concert Series at 3:00 p.m., raising funds for restoration projects in The Patio. Following the concert, at 4:30 p.m., Archmeres Friends of The Patio will host a free book signing with David Farber, author of the first-ever biography of John J. Raskob, Everybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob, Capitalist, in The Patio. The innovative financier and self-made businessman who built the Empire State building, made millions for DuPont and General Motors, and helped shape the contours of modern capitalism, John J. Raskob settled his family in Claymont, Delaware, on the land that is now the property Archmere Academy. Join The Friends of The Patio in the former home of this American icon for light refreshments and a book signing beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by an author presentation and opportunity for Q&A at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information on the book signing or the concert event, go to: or call 302-798-6632 ext. 706. David Farber's Everybody Ought to Be Rich chronicles the life of this colorful and impactful figure, whose life evokes the roaring twenties, the Catholic elite, the boardrooms of America's biggest corporations, and the rags-to-riches tale that is central to the American dream. Farber follows Raskob's remarkable journey from a teenage candy seller in northern New York, to the pinnacles of wealth and power. Between 1916 and 1918, John J. Raskob and his family constructed on their 48-acre property an elaborate home, The Patio, a fine example of Italianate, Renaissance architecture, and Manor Hall, a servants' quarters. He sold the property to the Norbertine brothers, a Catholic order of priests, who started a boys boarding school on the property (which is now the co-educational college preparatory day school, Archmere Academy.) David Farber is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism; Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam; and Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors. The Friends of The Patio is an organization committed to the renovation and preservation of the historical Patio building. Proceeds from the Green Concert Series benefit restoration projects. ###
Archmere Academy is a Catholic, Norbertine college preparatory school, valuing community, respect, zeal, reverence and wisdom. Nurturing body and soul, mind and heart, Archmere focuses on the whole person through academic excellence, faith reflection, social development and service to others. Inspired by its heritage,

Archmere cultivates empathetic leaders young men and women prepared for every good work.

Related Interests